Day in history for January 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Thomas Plummer has purchased the line of hacks which ply between Rock Island and Moline.

1880 -- 125 years ago
P.L. Mitchell, Rock Island banker, today bought the Rock Island Glass Works for $29,000. Sale of the factory was made by James M. Buford as trustee.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Finishing touches are being put to the new annex to the Modern Woodmen of America national headquarters. The society now has $300,000 invested in buildings in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two young bandits critically wounded William S. Batten of Davenport, a street car motorman. The Tri-City Railway Company is offering a reward of $250 for arrest of the holdup men.

1955 -- 50 years ago
As a memorial to William Neff, son of Dr. E.B. Neff of Moline and the late Mrs. Neff, a unique recreation shelter has been constructed and is now in use at Boy Scout Camp Mansur, near Carbon Cliff. The Moliner was killed in an air crash in India during World War II. The William Neff Memorial features a 4-way fireplace in the center of the building.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Officials at St. Anne School in East Moline have sent scores of students and teachers home in recent weeks to curb what county health officials say may be the worst of several outbreaks of head lice at area schools.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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